Amarinder hits back at Centre on BSF probe alleging bonded labourers in Punjab farms

Days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) wrote to the Punjab Chief Secretary and DGP to take action on the findings of BSF that migrant bonded labourers were being employed in state’s farms, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday slammed the Centre for spreading misinformation about the state’s farmers with its grave and incorrect allegations of bonded labourers working in the fields.

In a statement, the CM termed it yet another conspiracy to defame Punjab’s farmers, whom the Central government and the ruling BJP have been trying to malign by dubbing them terrorists, urban Naxals and goons in a bid to derail their agitation against the farm laws.

Amarinder castigated the BJP-led government at the Centre over its unwarranted charges of farmers using people as bonded labourers in Punjab, trashing the Union Home Ministry’s letter of March 17 in this regard as a bundle of lies, aimed at undermining the farmers’ protest and denigrating the Congress government in the state.

A careful analysis of the whole episode reveals that highly sensitive information pertaining to national security regarding the arrest of some suspicious persons, apprehended by BSF from close to the volatile Indo-Pak border, has been twisted on baseless conjectures to malign and tarnish the farmer community, the CM said. This reality has been further substantiated by the fact that “a selective leakage of the contents of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) letter to some…

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